Pentagon: Whoops.Submitted by fanofwalt on Sat, 02/27/2010 - 03:33
In the 2/25/10 Electronic Frontier Foundation article, Pentagon Discloses Hundreds of Reports of Possibly Illegal Intelligence Activities, it's being reported that:
"Much of the reported improper activity consisted of intelligence gathering on so-called 'U.S. Persons,' including citizens, permanent residents and U.S.-based organizations."
Examples from the 800 pages, covering the period between 2001 - 2008, include:
- A report that the Joint Forces Command, working with the FBI, improperly collected and disseminated intelligence on Planned Parenthood and a white supremacist group called the National Alliance, as part of preparations for the 2002 Olympics.
- A report from 2007 of an Army Reserve officer routinely collecting data on U.S. Persons exercising their free speech rights.
- A report that the Air Force Office of Special Investigations (AFOSI) set up a “honey pot” computer system to identify foreign threats in May 2006. In October 2007, AFOSI realized that the honey pot system might have been in violation of a sealed Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) order that required a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant for such activity. AFOSI was not privy to the FISC order and only knew of it from public media reporting. The operation was suspended. Amazingly, when the Air Force asked the Justice Department to see the FISC order at issue, DOJ’s National Security Division denied the Air Force’s request.
More at the link.